As teachers, we are always looking for engaging activities to capture the attention of students and purposefully connect them to the content we are teaching. One digital resource to consider adding to your toolbox is Kahoot!. Kahoot! is a fun, free game-based student response system. With Kahoot!, a teacher can create quizzes, discussions, and surveys which are sent out to student devices. Students respond on their device in a game-like environment where they can answer questions and interact with the teacher content. With a student account, a student can create their own questions. Kahoot! offers thousands of pre-made content resources which can be used or change to fit the needs of the teacher. The best part is that Kahoot! is not specific to any device. Kahoot! is accessible in the web browser on almost any device and allows students to participate whether they have a tablet or computer.
How to Get Started
The video below shows how to get started and how the program works with participants.
- Survey students about what they know prior to a lesson
- Create quick assessments for individual students to demonstrate learning
- Have students work on teams with a shared device to answer questions
- Students can ask questions and create their own Kahoot! with student accounts
- Students can create assessment questions in Kahoot! for the class and the teacher to take
- Students can use Kahoot! to ask questions as they research content they are exploring in class
- Use Kahoot! to drill vocabulary
- Create reading comprehension questions
- Add images and videos to your Kahoot! for students to interact with
Why it Matters (Teaching Rubric)
Instructional Delivery is an important part of any classroom. Having the best digital tools and resources that engage students with meaningful learning activities will move us closer to the outcomes we desire in the classroom. Kahoot! offers a way for teachers to engage and maintain interest in classroom content. (Resources, Activities, and materials 2.1; Presenting Instructional Content 2.2)
Classroom response systems like Kahoot! have been around for a while. If you give Kahoot! a try but feel that it may not be the best fit for you, take a moment to check out these other options:
Your challenge is to take a look at a classroom response system like Kahoot! and consider how you might use a tool like this to engage students. In the comment area below, offer an idea or more for how you would use Kahoot! or a classroom response system in your classroom to engage students and keep their interest in your lesson and content. What could you do with Kahoot!? Do you have experience with Kahoot!? Share your experience and/or ideas below.
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